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Radiology Malpractice

Radiologists are specially trained doctors responsible for analyzing tests like X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and ultrasounds to detect abnormalities. When radiologists are negligent in this vital role, the consequences for patients can be devastating. This is called radiology malpractice, which may lead to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of serious conditions like cancer or aneurysms.

Syracuse Radiology Malpractice Attorneys

If you or a loved one have been harmed by radiology malpractice in Syracuse or anywhere in New York, the medical malpractice attorneys at The Porter Law Group can help. We have decades of experience in dealing with medical negligence cases and securing substantial compensation for victims. 

Call us today at 833-PORTER9 or email info@porterlawteam.com for a free consultation about your case. 

What is an Example of Malpractice in Radiology? (Ahrefs question) 

Radiologists can commit malpractice in several key ways:

  • Misinterpreting scans as normal when an abnormality is present 
  • Failing to detect signs of cancer, aneurysms, fractures, or other issues
  • Not ordering the appropriate follow-up tests and imaging
  • Lack of communication with the patient's other doctors
  • Equipment errors or failures

When radiologists are careless or fail to meet professional standards, the result is often a missed or delayed diagnosis. This robs patients of the opportunity for early, lifesaving treatment. This is especially egregious in cancer cases because late diagnosis often results in decreased survival rates and the need for more intense treatments with higher likelihoods of side effects. 

What Happens if a Radiologist Makes a Mistake?

Radiology tests are critical for diagnosis and treatment planning. Mistakes by a radiologist could lead to some devastating consequences including:

  • Failure to diagnose cancer in early stages
  • Delayed treatment allowing cancer to spread
  • Undiagnosed aneurysms that rupture
  • Undiagnosed fractures that worsen without treatment
  • Unnecessary invasive tests and treatments due to false positive results

While CT Scans, MRIs, and ultrasounds may not cause you immediate harm, radiology errors can result in failure to diagnose serious diseases like cancer. This can lead to treatment delays that lower survival rates or the need for invasive treatments like resections, hysterectomies, and amputations. 

What Type of Damages Can I Recover as A Victim of Radiology Malpractice? 

If radiology malpractice can be successfully established, you may be entitled to financial compensation for the following: 

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity 
  • Decreased quality of life
  • Pain and suffering 
  • Mental anguish 
  • Wrongful death 

In one case, the Porter Law Group was able to recover over $625,000 in a settlement for the family of an elderly patient who suffered premature death due to a radiologist’s failure to identify an abnormal lung nodule on a chest x-ray. We have extensive experience in medical malpractice lawsuits like these and have recovered millions of dollars* for victims all over the State of New York. 

What Percentage of Radiologists Get Sued?

A staggering 64% of radiologists have been involved in medical malpractice lawsuits according to a 2022 study conducted by Medscape. This puts them in the top 10 of medical specialists most likely to be sued. Radiology is a critical first step in treatment and is highly depended on for diagnosis and planning. So negligence in this line of work can lead to some serious consequences for patients. 

How Can I Recover Compensation for Radiology Malpractice?

Financial compensation for radiology malpractice can be claimed if the following is proven:

  • That the radiologist’s mistake substantially contributed to the injury suffered, or that if not for the mistake, your condition would have vastly improved. 
  • The radiologist failed to properly analyze a test, subjecting you to harsher treatments and suffering severe side effects.

However, if the mistake would not have made a difference in the outcome, such as in cases of late-stage cancer, you may not be entitled to compensation.  

Medical malpractice cases, including radiology malpractice, are highly complex, especially in the State of New York. You cannot simply show that you were injured or that your condition worsened to receive compensation. Determining liability requires thorough investigation, and pursuing a claim needs deep knowledge of the documentary and filing requirements, as well as the statute of limitations set by law. 

You will also need the help of a qualified medical practitioner who can evaluate your medical records and test results, attest to the veracity of your radiology malpractice claim, and testify on your behalf. 

Contact Our Syracuse Radiology Malpractice Lawyers 

At The Porter Law Group, we work with board-certified medical professionals who can give you the help you need. Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers will put their skills and experience to work, ensuring that whoever is liable for injuries is held liable. We are dedicated to fighting for maximum compensation for radiology malpractice victims and their families in Syracuse and throughout the State of New York. 

If you suspect medical imaging errors played a role in a missed diagnosis or poor outcome, call us at 833-PORTER9 or email info@porterlawteam.com to discuss your options in a free, no-obligation consultation. We have the experience and resources to hold negligent radiologists accountable. Focus on your recovery, and let us put our skills to work for you. 

*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome

Last Updated on May 28, 2024 by Michael S. Porter
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